Circular weaving is possibly the simplest shape to begin with, no side edge turnings. As long as you keep the item flat by allowing enough yarn, there isn’t much else to consider. Once we had completed the design of the Salish Weaving Loom and they were available as downloadable plans, I started musing over the possibility of circular looms. I should be more careful about mentioning my musings; as usual, David immediately set to work envisaging the plans. They are on a back burner at present, but look out for them being added to the store as another download in the near future.
We were inspired to create our rag rug loom by the Salish Peoples of North America. They wove their ceremonial blankets, which were handed down through the generations as treasured heirlooms. I haven’t actually found any images of circular weavings by the Salish. However, we could consider dream catchers to be circular weavings. Woven items do not have to be densely worked. In fact, the most beautiful dream catchers are the minimalist designs. Of course, the most beautiful and intricate circular weaving, occurring in nature is the spiders web. Take a look at some of circular weaving created by The Great Universe. Absolute inspiration!
Soft Copper Weaving
We took the copper wire from an old transformer and crocheted baskets, through which we wove locks to create this competition piece, called ‘Creation’. The base was fashioned in the same way using a very thick yarn.
Simple Frame Ideas
Meanwhile, I have been thinking of ‘frames’ that will stay intact and become part of the artwork. Many of us have such possibilities right under our noses and once you begin, you will see potential frames all around! Here are a few suggestions:
- Wire coat hangers
- Notched cardboard circles
- Hazel or willow twigs
- Artificial Christmas greenery
- Cedar fronds
Circular Weaving is Child’s Play
Did you ever make a pompom as a child? This wall hanging has the additions of pompoms; one of the simplest, most widely known forms of circular weaving, using two cardboard disks. Children thoroughly enjoy making pompoms. The fact that I still do love making pompoms might hint at my state of mind!